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  • Lambs sold well before the Corban Festival
    2012-11-26    source:Xinhuanet    author:

    Muslims transfer lambs ahead of the Corban Festival, or Eid al-Adha, in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Oct. 25, 2012. The Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is an important Muslim holiday. This year's Eid al-Adha falls on Oct. 26. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

    Muslim vendors sell lambs in the run-up to the Eid al-Adha festival in Altay, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Oct. 24, 2012. The Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is an important Muslim holiday. This year's Eid al-Adha falls on Oct. 26. (Xinhua/Ye Erjiang)

     

    On streets, lambs were being loaded onto vehicles.

     

    Yijiati, a trader said he drove 400 lambs to a market in Shengli Road on Thursday, as the animals were being sold for the festival. By Friday, there were only a few dozen left.

     

    Saiyiti, owner of a roast mutton restaurant, said the festival brought in a lot of business. His restaurant served around 50 lambs and 400 chickens a day during the past week, which was four times higher than a normal day.

     

    "A lamb is sold between 1,000 yuan (160 U.S. dollars) and 2,000 yuan. I guess my stock will be sold out today," he said.

     

    Corban Festival features family gatherings with lamb as the main dish.

     

    The government has also made preparations to make sure the market has enough supply of lamb and beef.